Take A Breath

Just a little time, is all I ask. Sit
next to me, and we shall lean together
like old-growth timber.

We will be still, except for the soft
shush of our breathing, cool on intake,
warm exhalation.

Trees practice tonglen, inhaling dead
air, exuding fresh – imperceptible
except to the wind.

Every breath is a gift.

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4 Comments on “Refresh”

  1. Anne Says:

    Lovely. I’ve never heard the word tonglen befor… now my curiosity is piqued. You are well i hope?

  2. Corinne M Says:

    that is a lovely thought. we all need a time of refreshing. Corinne M

  3. Kathryn Says:

    Oh Anne, it’s wonderful to hear from you. Life has been hectic, with some happiness and grief tossed in. My father-in-law died April 2 from mantle-cell lymphoma that metastasized. And I got married two weeks before that. It’s Life, eh?

    Here’s definition for tonglen: tonglen (Tib.): “Literally, “sending and taking.” The mahayana Buddhist practice of giving away all that is positive and good and taking in all that is negative and harmful. Used as a meditation technique to develop equanimity and compassion in the practitioner. That’s from the BodhiPath Glossary.

    And Corinne, it was good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping in.

  4. Theo Says:

    nice to find you.